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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 10-15mm.

Foodplant: Coltsfoot.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318832006
Year last recorded20142014201420142006
Number of records10217156422
Number of individuals11213214642
Unique positions421433261
Unique locations421435261
Adult records9815152362
Immature records10010

For the county, we have a total of 319 records from 118 sites. First recorded in 1883.


1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla 05
© Andy Nunn
1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla 04
© Damian Money
1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla 03 pupa
© Derek Parkinson
1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla 02 larva on coltsfoot
© Derek Parkinson
1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla 01
© Ian Marshall, 3 July 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and often common throughout vice-counties 61 to 64, unrecorded in VC65.

Argus 52, 2006:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 31.8 & 20.9.2006 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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